A CHINESE ‘healer’ wanted for the manslaughter of a child in Australia has been arrested in the United Kingdom.
Hongchi Xiao, 53, was arrested at an airport in London on April 25 following an extensive investigation into the death of a six-year-old boy who died in a Hurstville hotel room in Sydney’s west on April 28, 2015.
The diabetic child was found unconscious after allegedly being deprived of food and insulin during a week-long $1800 self-healing seminar run by Mr Xiao at a medical clinic on Park Road.
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Paramedics tried to revive the boy at the hotel but he could not be saved and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr Xiao claims to have developed alternative self-healing treatments for people with a range illnesses and travels the world promoting the ancient “paida lajin” technique.
His controversial treatment sees patients stretch their body and be slapped or slap themselves repeatedly to the point of bruising.
Mr Xiao, who refers to western medicine as “concentrated pollution and “poison”, claims his slaps have cured a range of medical conditions including diabetes, hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, and lung and prostate cancer.
“The slapping and stretching work together to clear the meridians of blocks and help the body get rid of the disease,” he explains on his website.
“Slapping the body builds heat, causing blood vessels to expand, and ‘chi’ to flow strongly. Yang rises, yin melts and long-held toxins and blocks are released.”
At Australia’s request, the ‘slapping therapist’ was arrested by UK authorities at an airport in London last Tuesday.
The 53-year-old appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday where he was remanded in custody until June 8. NSW Police are in the process of applying to have the Chinese national extradited back to Australia.
The self-healer is the fourth person to be arrested over the six-year-old boy’s death in Sydney.
The boy’s mother, 41, father, 56, and grandmother, 64, were arrested in March and each charged with manslaughter. They are accused of recklessly endangering the boy’s life by subjecting him to Mr Xiao’s treatment.
All three were granted bail and will return to Sydney Downing Centre Local Court next Thursday, May 11. If convicted of manslaughter, the trio faces a maximum of 25 years’ jail.